August 21st, 2007
12:07 PM ET
13 years ago

Thompson, Obama live at the VFW forum

Fred Thompson appeared at the convention earlier Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Likely White House hopeful Fred Thompson and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Missouri Tuesday.

Click here to watch video of the event, courtesy of our Kansas City affiliate KCTV. And for instant analysis, reaction, and live blogging from KCTV's Fred Logan, click here.

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  1. Ryan, New York, NY

    Why is Fred Thompson allowed to participate in all of these campaign events if he's not a candidate?

    Why does the media cover him so much considering that he's not a candidate? The coverage that he gets seems almost equal to John Edwards and is far more than 2nd tier candidates like Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich. I would hope that the FEC complaint is successful, but we all know better...

    August 21, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Rob

    Bet you didn't know this little fact about ol' Freddy boy !!!

    The day before Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel Fred Thompson made the inquiry that launched him into the national spotlight - asking an aide to President Nixon whether there was a White House taping system - he telephoned Nixon's lawyer.
    Thompson tipped off the White House that the committee knew about the taping system and would be making the information public. In his all-but-forgotten Watergate memoir, "At That Point in Time," Thompson said he acted with "no authority" in divulging the committee's knowledge of the tapes, which provided the evidence that led to Nixon's resignation. It was one of many Thompson leaks to the Nixon team. ...

    "Thompson was a mole for the White House ... Fred was working hammer and tong to defeat the investigation of finding out what happened to authorize Watergate and find out what the role of the president was."

    August 21, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. John S. Chicago, Illinois

    Man, Obama give me the chills from time to time. I'm not going to even worry about the assanine comments that people, especially on CNN, say about the guy, because if you simply take the time to just listen to one of his speeches, you would realize this guy will frickin deliver us baby. Brilliant. Intelligent. Naysayers will talk about experience, race, color, religion, and so on and so forth regarding this incredible 46 year old man, but the simple fact remains that not one other candidate could do half the things he can do and will do. So have faith my Obama friends, stay patient, and merely keep spreading the word. There is no amount of rhetoric that one can spread that will do anything to Obama except further highlight his positive attributes. Honestly, if experience is the ONLY thing people can crack on him for, I would say the other 10,000 values and skills that he possesses would far outweigh the negative. Someone tell me why I should not vote for Barack Obama please. Make your case, I dont want to hear that he is an Islamic terrorist because I will not entertain such imbread nonsense from below national intelligence average 'people'. Whew! Time for a change people. Time for a change.

    August 21, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Fred Thompson? Will he bring Spongebob and his other tv friends as well? My favorite is that dog that laughs like "Snnh, snnh, snnh." But I wouldn't vote for someone just because he was on tv. Why is anyone paying attention to this turkey?

    August 21, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Rob

    Fred Thompson is GWB to the 10nth power. Get Lost ... We don't need another loser... Fred wants to be the second biggest moron to inabit the White House after GWB.

    Thompson’s remarks about the war on terror echoed themes frequented by President Bush in defending the war in Iraq at a time when the Republican presidential field is trying to win over the Republican Party’s conservative base.

    August 21, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Matthew Fahy, Richmond, Virginia

    This guy is like all the Republicans that can't see through the presidents HUGE mistake of going into Iraq. Iraq is not and never was a front on the war on terror. The only mission accomplished in Iraq, is that al quaeda is stronger and more American soldiers are dead.

    Try starting with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, this is where the terrorists came from, oh, Republican's just seem to forget that, well NO REAL AMERICAN has forgotten or will be continously mislead on these issues.

    Stop the Republicans from lying to Americans and put them in jail for such treason.

    August 21, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Rob

    Read this >>>
    Fred Thompson was a dim-witted Nixon stooge who violated personal ethics by giving the target of an investigation pertinent data

    We've got a pretty good rapport with Fred Thompson," Buzhardt told Nixon in an Oval Office meeting on June 6, 1973. The meeting included a discussion of former White House counsel John Dean's upcoming testimony before the committee.

    Dean, the committee's star witness, had agreed to tell what he knew about the break-in and cover-up if he was granted immunity against anything incriminating he might say.

    Nixon expressed concern that Thompson was not "very smart."

    "Not extremely so," Buzhardt agreed.

    "But he's friendly," Nixon said.

    "But he's friendly," Buzhardt agreed. "We are hoping, though, to work with Thompson and prepare him, if Dean does appear next week, to do a very thorough cross-examination."

    Five days later, Buzhardt reported to Nixon that he had primed Thompson for the Dean cross-examination.

    "I found Thompson most cooperative, feeling more Republican every day," Buzhardt said. "Uh, perfectly prepared to assist in really doing a cross-examination."

    Later in the same conversation, Buzhardt said Thompson was "willing to go, you know, pretty much the distance now. And he said he realized his responsibility was going to have be as a Republican increasingly."

    August 21, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    What was the criteria to speak at this event? Why wasn't I invited?

    August 21, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Why are we even talking about this non-factor?

    Good TV show, bad candidate.

    August 21, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Ru B, New Hampshire


    Post your sources that you quote. Anyone can say anything about anyone, but it takes sourceable facts to be credible.

    As for Iraq, I find it interesting how forgetful most Americans are when it comes to Iraq. Bush was utterly clear about his intentions before ever beating the "terror war drum". Also, we made Iraq the mess it was by supporting Saddam Hussein and his meglamania, so we were MORALLY obliged to take care of the mess when he was no longer in the picture.

    One can easuly argue that we shouldn't have gone in when or how we did, with which one can easily agree; however, the fact remains that we would have reaped what we'd sown for decades. We will do so in the future if we fail to provide a stable and secure Iraq now.

    Few candidates seem to understand this. Even worse, few Americans seem to do so, either.

    August 21, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. John S. Chicago, Illinois

    Ruby, Hello?

    We are going to do it again in Iran and North Korea according to Bush's plans baby. Haven't you read the history books?

    It goes something like, Panama, Cuba, Iraq, Afghanistan, Beruit, all over south American actually I think. We have been attempting to establish allies in backwards countries for years and every single one has failed no matter how much we put into it because if the rest of the world isnt on board, then the people we put in place will dance for a while right before they turn rogue on us. Take a little trip back to high school history please, this idea was doomed from the beginning. Why punch terrorism in the mouth when you are always in the dark? Better idea would have been to find the lightswitch. get it?

    August 21, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. Nate

    Thompson gets covered because even not being in the race...he's gaining traction. Politics 101. Not sure all the Hillary "I can't win a general election" nor the Obama "I'm the superstar but raising money and lot's of press coverage but my poll #'s are dropping" nor Rudy "I have too many skeletons in my closet to win the Repub nomination, let alone the general election" candidates wouldn't die for the chance to rise in the polls like Thompson has.

    Thompson needs to declare his intentions but all the reponses here are bitter...wishing your "guy/gal" was Fred Thompson isn't a reason to be against him.

    Let the political process play it's course...

    August 21, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. David, Salinas, CA

    It’s a toss-up.

    I think Obama will do better on social issues, family values, accomplishments in the Senate, inspiring everyday Americans, not representing tobacco, asbestos, and foreign dictators, and realizing that Iraq isn’t the central front of the war on terror.

    But I’d have to give Thompson the edge on pretending to be a gruff District Attorney on TV shows.

    It all comes down to what the American voters think is more important.

    August 21, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  14. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    John S. from Chicago... a brilliant post. You have inspired me beyond the rhetoric against Sen. Obama. You are absolutely right. Time is on Obama's side. The longer the race, the more he leads where it counts, in the hearts and minds of real voters.

    Honestly, I couldn't even make it through watching Thomspon's speech to the VA, it was same ol same ol and actually dumber than Bush's usual rhetoric. but Obama's speech to the VA, it was absolutely wonderful. Completely honest and heartfelt, if I wasn't already out there speading the word wherever I can to get this truly inspiring hope for our future elected, I would be after that speech. Go check it out on CNN video.


    August 22, 2007 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  15. TOM, ME USA


    August 22, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  16. Mike. Burke, VA

    Two excellent Presidential candidates here!

    August 22, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |